Read the assignment and write down the answers in English. You may use English-language Internet sources to help you.
- An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word. There are different kinds of abbreviations. Some use periods; others don’t. Some are written in capital letters; others use lowercase letters. What other abbreviations do you know? Write down 3 or more plus what they mean.
- DIY is an abbreviation for do-it-yourself. Click on the speaker symbol here to learn how to say it.
DIYer is a similar word. Find out what it means and write it down.
New measures were announced 6 May for the gradual reopening of the Netherlands. For example, on 1 June, trains, buses, etc. will start running again like before. But: everyone must wear some sort of face mask when travelling.
The situation is similar in Canada. Read more about it here.
Read the text. Connect the words and expressions that have the same meaning in the text.
|1. physical distancing||a. difficulties; limitations|
|2. pandemic||b. fitting closely|
|3. non-medical||c. for a limited amount of time; not permanent|
|4. to sew||d. to give money, food, clothes, etc. in order to help others|
|5. opportunity||e. leaving a greater amount of space than usual between yourself and someone else|
|6. elastics||f. to make or repair something by using a needle and thread|
|7. bandana||g. not involving or relating to medical care or other things to do with medicine|
|8. towel||h. a piece of cloth used for drying things|
|9. prevention||i. to put something in a place or position so that it will not move|
|10. snug||j. a shop or part of a shop in which medicines are prepared and sold|
|11. to secure||k. situation in which which a disease (ziekte) spreads very quickly all over the world|
|12. restrictions||l. situation that makes it possible to do something that you want to do or have to do|
|13. temporarily||m. a square piece of cloth that is worn around the neck or head|
|14. to donate||n. a thin ring of rubber that is used for holding things together (like your hair)|
|15. pharmacy||o. when you do things to stop other things from happening|
a True or false?
1 More and more people are wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
2 Only some people have the coronavirus without any symptoms.
3 In Germany everyone must wear masks in stores and in trains and buses.
4 Many people are making their own masks.
5 When you wear a mask you can ignore physical distancing.
6 You must always wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.
b Why should people wear masks when physical distancing isn’t possible?
1 To help fashion designers make money during the coronavirus pandemic.
2 To make sure that they do not catch any disease from other people.
3 To make sure that they do not spread the coronavirus without knowing it.
4 To show other people that they have the coronavirus without symptoms.
c What is the best way to keep everyone safe?
1 Donating masks to everyone you know.
2 Staying home as much as possible.
3 Washing your hands when physical distancing isn’t possible.
4 Wearing a mask in public and at home.
d Name at least 4 things you should consider ir you make your own mask.
a Watch the video embedded in the article.
b Follow the instructions and make your own masks so you can travel safely.